Though some state legislatures are not in session in 2018, we are gearing up for a very busy year. We are excited about the breadth and depth of our work in states across the country, and truly inspired by our grassroots partners who are leading the way.
State by State
For the first time in our history, we will be working in states in all stages of campaigning.
In Nevada and New York, we are building grassroots infrastructure and forging new partnerships. In Hawaii, we have been collaborating with legislators and local partners for the better part of two decades, and will work on an active bill that can become law in 2018. With our friends in Maine we will be co-leading a signature gathering effort. And in Washington, D.C., we will continue to defend the new assisted dying law from congressional attempts to repeal it.
Through our new State Leadership Incubator, we are providing resources and support to advocates in eight states, including some who are just beginning their work. (Read more about advocates from our partner organizations in Maine, North Carolina, Ohio, and Texas.) The map below provides a big-picture view of our plans for 2018.
Last November, the Vermont Medical Society dropped its opposition to Death with Dignity; in December, its Massachusetts counterpart followed suit to become the 10th American Medical Association chapter to do so.
Physicians are increasingly becoming Death with Dignity proponents, as they recognize that medical aid in dying can ease suffering, instead of prolonging it.
You Lead the Way
Across the country, generations, and party lines, we see a profound shift in how our culture views assisted death. Where citizens like you lead, legislators will follow. State by state, day by day, we are approaching the tipping point.